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Dangerous weather conditions expected to develop early this afternoon          Send a link to a friend

[NOV. 15, 2005]  The National Weather Service in Lincoln issued a hazardous weather outlook at 10:42 a.m. Tuesday. This hazardous weather outlook is for portions of central Illinois, east-central Illinois and southeast Illinois: McLean, Logan, DeWitt, Piatt, Champaign, Vermilion, Menard, Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, Christian, Macon, Moultrie, Douglas, Coles, Edgar, Shelby, Cumberland, Clark, Effingham, Jasper, Crawford, Clay, Richland and Lawrence counties.

Day one: Tuesday and Tuesday night

An intensifying area of low pressure will move to west-central Illinois around the noon hour today. As the low-pressure area pushes farther into Illinois early this afternoon there will be an increasing threat for severe thunderstorms to develop by early afternoon to the east and southeast of the track of the low. Winds just above the surface will range from 50 to 60 mph and be quite favorable for the formation of severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes early this afternoon, with the primary mode of storms translating into a severe squall line with widespread wind damage. As it appears now, the highest risk for tornadoes will occur along and south of a Bloomington-to-Jacksonville line this afternoon.

Repeating: Fast-moving thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes, widespread wind damage and large hail are possible between noon and 6 o'clock this afternoon and evening.

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This has the potential to be a significant severe weather outbreak. Residents are urged to be prepared for severe weather this afternoon and to continue to monitor weather information for the area through the early evening.

Once the storm system shifts to the north this evening, strong west to northwest winds, gusting up to 40 mph at times, will usher in the coldest air of the season so far this fall.

Days two through seven: Wednesday through Monday

The coldest air of the fall season will settle into the Midwest for the remainder of the period, with little in the way of significant precipitation expected.

Spotter information statement: Spotter activation will be necessary today, primarily from noon to 6 p.m.

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